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A Non-Governmental Organisation, the Voters Awareness Initiative,  on Friday urged  Nigerians to continue trusting in the nation’s electoral process in spite of some reported hitches experience during the just-concluded Presidential and National Assembly elections.

Convener of the group, Mr Wale Ogunade, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) in Lagos.

He enjoined Nigerians not to give in to apathy as a result of the challenges of the Feb. 23, but to massively exercise their franchise during the rescheduled Governorship and House of Assembly Elections  slated for March 9.

“We should be ready to go out to vote on March 9 to vote according to the dictates of our conscience and embrace peace ahead of the gubernatorial and state assembly elections,” he said.

Ogunade noted that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar’s desire to contest the outcome of the presidential election in court was an indication that democracy was at work in the country.

“The presidential election has come and gone; a winner has emerged with the closest rival is saying he will be contesting the results by going to the court.

“Such move shows that he is a democrat; he has even urged his supporters to allow peace to reign. We need to commend him for that and maintain calm.

“Fortunately, the judicial process is no longer as cumbersome as it used to be as the issue in contention can be concluded within 180 days.

“To me, this is democracy at work and I urge Nigerians to support the country’s development.

“We pray that the judicial process will be followed to a logical conclusion so that Nigeria will be better for it at the end,” Ogunade said. (NNN)

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Edited by Kevin Okunzuwa/Julius Toba-Jegede

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